Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happy Martian Opposition!

A Happy Martian Opposition to you all!

Yesterday, March 3rd, Mars reached the closest point to the Sun in its orbit.

This was not however the closest Mars will be to Earth this year. Due to the positions of Earth and Mars in their orbits, tomorrow, March 5th will be the closest the two planets get to one another during this Martian year (each Martian year is about 1.88 Earth years).

Go out Tuesday night and take a look at Mars!

Since Earth is currently directly between Mars and the Sun, Mars will be high in the southern sky at Midnight.

1 comment:

  1. How lovely! Tuesday night planet gazing-a-go-go. Telescope tutorials might be a good outreach video to be created while at the habitat. A friend has a (seemingly) nice one at her house that someone left behind, but I can only imagine that the two of us attempting to figure out all of the intricacies would be a scene reminiscent of the introduction to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Luckily, New Mexico is a WONDERFUL location for viewing the night sky. Hawaii isn't so shabby, as well.

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